Friday, November 21, 2014

Where I've Been & Our October Recap

After nearly 6 weeks away from blogging I am excited to be back. As much as I want to promise I'll return to a regular pattern of posts, life right now is pretty full and sadly blogging falls to the bottom of the barrel. 

About 14 weeks ago I started working out with a group trainer 3 times a week at 5:30 in the morning. The energy I use to devote to blogging is now been channeled into taking better care of myself. 
A good thing yes, but I miss recording the evolution of my family and home. So it is my hope to take baby steps back into blogging while figuring out how to keep all these balls in the air. Wish me luck!

Now that I've explained my whereabouts, let's flashback to October. 

To start off the month Peanut & Hubby spent a Father-Son weekend at the Dells. Peanut is still talking about all the fun they had together and has since painted the sweetest canvas of him & his daddy going down the "great-big water slides".

While the boys were away, Belle hosted her girl scout troop for a carmel apple party. The creations and concoctions were crafted in our kitchen and then carried home with each of the girls to enjoy later. (read: sugar high on their parents' watch)

As the weather turned cooler the leaves began to fall and Finley found a favorite pastime. This pup can get some air and though he looks down right vicious in the picture below he is about the sweetest thing ever. At the moment, he is currently curled up fast asleep at my feet as I type.

Shortly after a session of leaf jumping I found these three attempting to prune our crab apple. When I first saw them, even Finley had a hold of the tree branch.

We closed out the month with Halloween. The festivities included the club's party & haunted house (aka: women's locker room), school parties & parade (I took photos but can't find them...mommy failure), and trick or treating.

The Halloween rundown: 2 puppies, Baby Mario (Mario sans mustache), & Hermione Granger

The last game of flag football was Nov 2nd and I've tossed it in for good measure. Peanut showed a strong interest in offense and an extreme disinterest in defense. I'm eager to see how he progresses as a player in the Spring. This experience was thankfully much more positive than that of his soccer team earlier this fall (the team scored only 1 goal the ENTIRE season).

All our Halls are Decked, Thanksgiving plans have been put into motion and every Saturday & Sunday is dedicated to Nutcracker rehearsal......bring on the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! 

I can't wait to chronicle it all..... it's so good to be back.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bestie A's Neutral Baby Shower

Earlier this month Belle & I headed to Michigan to celebrate Bestie A's baby shower. Since baby-to-be's gender is a mystery we went with a theme centered around books, plush animals and the colors cream, gray & yellow. 

Bestie J and I fell in love with these invitations and asked the seller to recreate them with a more grayed out version of a lamb. (We weren't feeling the black sheep on a baby shower invite.)

On the tables I layered the simple floral arrangement, plush animal & board book atop a gray & white striped sheet of scrapbook paper. As an added bonus, the centerpieces are now at home in the baby's library & nursery bookshelf.

In addition, each place setting was adorned with a coordinating menu,  yellow striped straws with gray chevron flag, and yellow polka dotted favor cup filled with almond rocca.

The gift table was the centerpiece of the room. We used tall branches in urns to add height and then softened them with tissue paper pom poms.  The pottery barn kids lamb was a gift to the baby and worked perfectly as a centerpiece.

Guests were asked to write a note to baby in a storybook located on the gift table.

Before the shower began I wanted to make sure I grab some shots of the guest of honor and her family. The remainder of the afternoon was spent lunching and watching A open a host of precious baby goodies.

It is hard to believe in a few short weeks lil Baby P, as we refer to him/her around the B house, will be here. I can not wait to hold you in my arms. And for the record, Thea Amelia says, "Baby Girl"!! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Welcome Autumn!

Today is the first day of fall, the season that I have called my favorite since childhood. 
A claim I based mainly on the fact that my birthday is in October... solid logic for a 6 year old.  I have since grown to love Autumn. The air becomes crisp, flavors more bold, and our schedule a little bit calmer.

Over time I've also come to favor a more natural nod to the season. A simple fur blanket tossed over the wicker basket in the foyer, leopard print pillows in the family room, and hues of yellow, orange, brown & rust peppered around the house in organic forms.


I am looking forward to grabbing a few neutral-toned pumpkins and potted mums to round out this years decorations and letting the glittered pumpkins & faux leave garland sit this year out.

One thing I am not willing to go without though is Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. The tin sits out on our kitchen counter adding a pop of auburn color & easy access to the yumminess inside. 

With a cup of tea in hand, I am ready to welcome the changing season. After all Fall means longalls & brown gingham,

comfy sweaters with fluffy accessories,

and football!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Family Festivities {Wedding + Wishes}

Yesterday we had the pleasure and joy of celebrating the marriage of Hubby's charming cousin P to his truly beautiful fiancee O. Hubby stood up in the wedding and we all had such a fabulous time dining, drinking & dancing that I didn't snap too many pictures other than a few of the couple's first dance and the littles at the cocktail hour.

Our angel of a goddaughter made a stunning Jr. bridesmaid even if I am a tad bit biased. 

Sweet Bestie A, who's equally joyful wedding day was last year, looked radiant with her lil baby bump. Guess you know what that means, baby shower planning is in full force over here.

It was hard a wrangle up the entire cousin crew, but we gave it our best shot.

 Likewise with a family is the thought that counts right?

Lil M and his godfather were just too precious for words.

The weekend didn't end with just one celebration. Today we wished YiaYia a very happy birthday over a casual lunch at our place. We all were quite beat from yesterday's festivities and enjoyed the low key pace of an afternoon lazily passed playing uno & hanging out.

Happy Birthday YiaYia, we love you very much!